Join us for the 2024 Cincinnati Community Mission to Israel! Generous subsidies of $4,000 per person, up to a maximum of $12,000 per family, are available thanks to the Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati.
J² crafts journeys of inspiration, education, and Jewish connections to Israel and worldwide. We are guided by a simple but powerful concept: No two trips are the same; each experience should be personal, meaningful, and backed by superb service. Travel is not just about the places you visit, but the connections you make along the way.
An unforgettable trip awaits! Our community will take a transformative journey to Israel from July 7-16, 2024 and we are inviting you to participate!
Once you have registered for the trip, you can also register for the extension. Click here for details.
Your $500 per person deposit is fully refundable till Sept. 1, 2023.
- Art & Culture
- Expert Scholar
- Food & Wine
- Local Specialists
- Nature Walks
- Special Access
- Family Friendly
- Depart on your flight to Israel.
- Arrive at Ben-Gurion International Airport.
- Check-in to your hotel. (Hotel check-in time is generally from 3:00pm.)
- Opening session & welcome dinner with the tour educator & leaders.
- Breakfast at an Israeli hotel is an experience in itself. Start the day with a bounteous buffet.
- Stop at the Jaffa Overlook for an introduction to Tel Aviv and to our journey in Israel.
- Join a scavenger hunt in Neve Zedek, one of Tel Aviv’s oldest neighborhoods.
- Join locals lunching at the Carmel Market, with food options from all over the Mediterranean and Middle East. Use our voucher system to get your own taste of Tel Aviv.
- Experience the dynamism of Jewish life at the newly-opened ANU Museum of the Jewish People, which showcases the diversity of Jews across the globe and highlights the creative works and cultural riches of a variety of communities in different periods of history until the present day.
- Enjoy dinner together with everyone on the Cincinnati Community Mission.
- Join the volunteer organization Leket Israel and pick fruits and vegetables for those in need.
- Take part in an archaeological dig at the Beit Guvrin Caves and uncover pottery from the Hellenistic period, 2,300 years ago. Optional: Crawl through the Maresha Cave Labyrinth, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Visit the Ayalon Institute near Rehovot and uncover its role in the establishment of the state of Israel. This secret ammunition factory produced millions of bullets for Jewish forces fighting for a Jewish state and the end of British rule over Palestine.
- Enjoy Tel Aviv at night and check out the city’s nightlife, world-class restaurants, and club and café culture.
- Check-out of the hotel and depart for Jerusalem.
- Explore the Jerusalem Archaeological Park, including the Davidson Center, Robinson’s Arch, and the Southern Wall steps where Jewish pilgrims entered the Temple Mount 2,000 years ago.
- Proceed to the Old City and begin by stopping at the Kotel (Western Wall) to experience the special atmosphere of this holy site.
- Continue with a walking tour through the Jewish Quarter for visits to archaeological treasures and other highlights, among them:
- The Cardo, the main street of Jerusalem in the 6th century.
- King Hezekiah’s First Temple-period “Broad Wall.”
- Hurva Square, the central square of the Jewish Quarter.
- Explore the City of David, the core of ancient Jerusalem, and learn how the city was administered during the First Temple period.
- Enjoy a tour of the grounds of Israel’s “Capitol Hill”: The Rose Garden, featuring more than 400 species of roses imported from all around the world; The Knesset – Israel’s Parliament building and its famous Menorah – Israel’s symbol monument built from bronze; The Supreme Court – designed to reflect Jewish and democratic values of justice.
- Return to the hotel to prepare for Shabbat.
- Celebrate Shabbat together at the Blaustein Hall.
- Enjoy a festive Shabbat dinner and celebrate the holy day in song.
- Walk to the Western Wall (Kottel) for a quiet late night visit.
- OPTION 1
- Spend the day at the Dead Sea Basin. Take the cable car to the top of Masada, where Jewish rebels are believed to have made their final attempt to resist Roman invaders (c 74 CE).
- OPTION 2
- Enjoy a guided tour of the Tower of David Museum where the story of Jerusalem is told with exciting exhibitions and in an amazing location.
- Visit some Christian sites, including the Pool of Bethesda and St. Anne's Crusader Church, followed by a walk along the Via Dolorosa, passing by the Ecce Homo Arch and the Sisters of Zion Convent, ending at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
- OPTION 3
- Stretch your legs with a hike that will take you from the tree-laden beauty of the Jerusalem Hills down to the Sataf Springs. Along the way, witness how ancient methods of agricultural cultivation are being revived in modern Israel.
- Join a communal Havdalah service overlooking the Old City.
- Visit Yad Vashem, the national memorial to the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust.
- Explore Jerusalem’s Biblical Zoo, famous for its Afro-Asiatic collection of wildlife, many of which are ascribed in the Hebrew Bible, as well as for its success in breeding endangered species. for families with children.
- Experience the vibrancy and energy of Mahane Yehuda’s open-air market and enjoy a tasty lunch.
- Enjoy dinner together with everyone on the Cincinnati Community Mission.
- Where are we and where are we going? A conversation with Ambassador of the United States to Israel - Thomas R. Nides.
- Meet with President of Israel Isaac Herzog at his official residence.
- Choose from some Tikkun Olam projects:
- OPTION 1:
Join Keren BeKavod, the Center for Social and Communal Activity of Israel's Reform Movement, and pack boxes of food to be sent to residents in need.
- OPTION 2:
Meet elderly, often impoverished, immigrants who are finding a sense of purpose and creating beautiful artwork at Yad LaKashish (Lifeline for the Elderly). We’ll hear personal stories and see the aging artisans in action, talk with those running this inspirational organization, and check out the fabulous gift shop that supports this endeavor.
- OPTION 3:
Visit Susan’s house, an art center and meeting place for youth at risk, which provides an opportunity of learning a craft and skill in order for them to become a productive part of Israeli society.
- Enjoy some free time.
- Consider your experience on this journey and what you are taking back home with you in a closing circle.
- Enjoy a festive farewell dinner.
- Group transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport to check in for your departure flight to the US.
- Return to the USA.
RATES & LODGING
$5,345 Cost per person sharing a room as third. Registration open
What to expect
- 7 nights' accommodations. Late check out on the day of departure is included.
- 8 days of touring with a tour educator (guide), 7 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus.
- Daily breakfast, 3 lunches & 3 dinners (plus 2 Community Dinner Events).
- Water on the bus.
- Porterage at the airport & hotels.
- All site entrance fees & program fees as per your final program.
- Credit card fees.
- Flights to & from Israel.
- COVID related expenses, including tests.
- Evening transportation when dinner is not included.
- Amendments to the program: In the event that any sites, programs or meals etc. are added to the program, an additional fee may be required.
- Personal extras: Items of personal nature such as laundry, wines, mineral water, beverages, coffee, tea, food other than the table d’hotel menu, passport and visa fees, insurance, and foreign port taxes, unless otherwise specified.
- US and foreign airport taxes, Q fuel surcharge and border taxes when applicable.
- Value Added Tax is currently not applicable to tourists visiting Israel. Should the law change, you will be notified accordingly, and VAT will be added to your final invoice.
- Gratuities: Recommend guidelines for tipping are provided in the terms section.
- Please review our terms & conditions (T&C’s) or request that we send you our full T&C’s. Until you do that, here is the small print, and other stuff you may want to know:
- Validity | All prices quoted are based on exchange rates as of the proposal date and are subject to change without notice. Rates are per person and are based on shared twin room occupancy.
- How to Make a Reservation | The quickest way to make a reservation is to register online or contact us by email. We accept VISA, MasterCard, and American Express credit cards. A $500 per person deposit is required in order to complete the registration process.
- For any assistance with this registration process or other trip-related queries, please email Customer Care: [email protected].
- Payments | The balance of your payment is due 90 days before your trip begins, or as specified in your invoice. You will receive an email reminder 2 weeks before this date. Various payment options are available as follows:
- Credit card | We accept Visa, Mastercard and American Express. Please check with your credit card provider regarding international processing fees. We are unable to process payments of over $1,000 over the phone. Please submit payment online via a credit card or by wiring funds via your bank.
- Domestic bank wire transfer | Payment should be wired in the same currency that is listed on your invoice. Please add the name of your group or invoice number as a reference and forward a copy of the transfer receipt by email. The bank transfer should clearly state the beneficiary’s name on the wire transfer.
- Please use the following information: Citizens Bank: 1 Citizens Drive, Riverside, RI 02915 Routing number: 021313103 (Domestic only) ACH: 036076150 SWIFT Code: CTZIUS33 (International only)
- Beneficiary Instructions: For the benefit of J² Adventures. Account number: 1001858331
- J² Adventures reserves the right to automatically cancel your reservation on that date and it may be subject to reconfirmation should the final payment not be received.
- Cancelation Policy | All cancelations need to be made in writing. The cancelation fee depends on the date when we receive written notification of your request to cancel your booking. Please note that the deposit is non-refundable.
- Cancelation fees | Cancelations made after September 1, 2023 incur the loss of the deposit. Cancelations made 89 to 46 days prior to departure incur the loss of 50% of the full trip cost. Cancelations made 45 days or less prior to the departure incur the loss of 100% of the full trip cost.
- Cancelation fees may also include: Hotel or supplier cancelation fees. J² Adventures reserves the right to adjust its terms of payment, including cancelation policies and initial deposits.
- Protect your investment for $495 p/p: Should you cancel your trip up to 5 days before your departure for any reason, our POM program offers you a trip refund. Call 888-230-6008 or e-mail: [email protected].
- Please click here to view our full terms (T&C’s). These T&C’s apply to all reservations created within J2 Adventures.
DISCOVER NEW WORLDS.
A family vacation to Israel. An adventure of a lifetime traveling with friends to Morocco. A trip to Poland or Portugal with your community. What do these trips have in common? No matter where you go, you will come back with a fresh perspective and appreciation of the place you visited as well as a heightened awareness of your identity as part of the global Jewish community.
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